July 22, 2022 – Wearing a school uniform is not required for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year, DepEd Vice President and Secretary Sara Duterte said on Monday, July 18.
According to the official statement released by the Department of Education “The Department of Education (DepEd) is not requiring learners to wear school uniform in any distance learning approaches that they will participate in for School Year 2020-2021. Even before the pandemic, it is not a strict requirement for public schools to wear uniforms (DepEd Order No. 065, s. 2010) to avoid incurring additional costs to the families of our learners. With face-to-face classes prohibited, learners are welcome to wear their most comfortable and appropriate clothes while learning at the safe confines of their homes.”
Read: DepEd Order 34 s. 2022 Face-to-Face Classes starting November 2
Citing reasons such as additional costs to families amid the continuous rise of the prices of basic commodities in the country, Duterte said that students will not be required to wear uniforms in SY 2022-2023.
“Even before the pandemic, it is not a strict requirement for public schools to wear uniforms (DepEd Order No. 065, s. 2010) to avoid incurring additional costs to the families of our learners. All the more that it will not be required this school year given the increasing prices and economic losses due to the pandemic,” said DepEd Secretary and VP Sara Duterte.
II. Student Uniform and ID Cards
- The wearing of a school uniform shall not be required in public schools. Students with existing uniforms may continue using these uniforms, if they so desire, in order to avoid incurring additional costs for new attire; and
- Identification (ID) Cards shall be provided to students at no cost on their part. The school administration shall fund these from its Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE).